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Christian Social Union, Church of England

The Christian Social Union, and its hymns The Christian Social Union was founded in 1889. However, its concerns had been exercising thoughtful church people, and many others, throughout the 19th century: movements such as those of the Chartists in the 1840s, and the writings of such thinkers as Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872) and Charles Kingsley* provided a background to the practical experience of clergy such as Percy Dearmer* in the East End of London.  The Salvation Army was founded in part to alleviate poverty and encourage good living among the working classes. The writings of John Ruskin, particularly Unto This Last (1862), influenced a whole generation of Labour MPs, and...

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